Keri Russell, best known for her career-making role in the television series Felicity, has been rumoured to be added to the cast of Star Wars Episode IX, according to Variety. Russell and Abrams have collaborated before back in 2006’s in the third installment to the Mission: Impossible franchise.
Apparently her role will call for “action-heavy” fight scenes. Kira Russell has shown that she is able to handle and perform tough stunts before in TV/Film, like FX’s “The Americans,” “Mission: Impossible,” and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.” Matt Reeves, who co-created Felicity with Abrams (who was the shows Executive Producer), directed Russell in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
As many of you know J.J. directed 2015’s The Force Awakens, and was asked to come back to direct the final installment to the Sequel Trilogy after Colin Trevorrow exited following creative differences. Abrams was then brought in to take over as Director last fall and has been working on the script with Chris Terrio.
At this time it hasn’t been revealed if she will be on the side of the Resistance or that of the First Order.
Star Wars Episode IX will be released in theatres on December 20, 2019.